Today the girls were slaying! No doubt about it. The second day of GS and all the coaches has positive feedback from their groups. The girls were all working hard and laying down some impressive runs. The atmosphere during training stayed up beat and positive all day. We were all pumped. All the coaches were training GS with the girls. Sarah Schleper watch out…we are on the comeback train heading straight for you! =) haaha
My favorite moment today had to be watching my favorite GS skier (Coach Jess Kelley) make a hard GS course look easy. I have always thought Jess to be one of the smoothest GS skiers I’ve ever seen. Being her teammate for years on the U.S. Ski Team, I looked up to Jess and loved to watch her ski. I always knew if Jess ran before me I could watch her ski and get a good visual before my race run. So right after Jess went I told camper Lizzy Baer, “Her upper body is quiet. There are no unnecessary movements. Do that Lizzy!” Not a moment later I got to see Lizzy Baer (Lizzy is working on keeping her hands quiet) ski a flawless run with quiet hands. A huge breakthrough for Lizzy. I firmly believe it’s because she had such a good visual from watching Jess.
For dryland we had a fun hike to Mirror Lake. Most of the kids ended up ganging up on Coach Hitchy in a water fight. Katie didn’t have a chance, they drenched her!
Sadly to say our last meeting happened tonight. The week flew by. I can’t believe this is actually my job! I have to pinch myself sometimes. Even though I am retired from ski racing I still get to be a part of the sport I love. It’s a beautiful thing to love your job! Today I noticed my face starting to hurt and realized it was from the constant smiling and laughing I’d been doing all week.
Finally, we had skit night tonight. It ended up being the girls reenacting their week and making fun of their coaches. I’d have to say they were spot on with their impersonations and made us laugh so hard we nearly fell off our chairs. Nice work ladies!
One more day of GS tomorrow! Ski ya soon!